For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
AFSCME Highway to Health Care Tour
In stark contrast to reform opponents, new AFSCME video, website and blog ad buy rev up three week blitz to explain how Americans benefit from reformWashington, D.C. —
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) today unveiled a new video, website and a significant five-figure blog ad buy for the union’s Highway to Health Care Reform campaign, a rock-themed RV that will tour key states to spark discussion over the benefits that reform offers middle class Americans.
“Even though opponents of reform spew venom and misinformation, the fact of the matter is that Americans are revved up and ready for real health care reform and eager to know what’s in it for them,” said AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee. “We’re tired of the insurance industry putting their profits ahead of the health and well being of the middle class. This tour is a unique way of taking that message to battleground states across the country.”
The Highway to Health Care Reform tour officially kicks off Wednesday in Bismarck, ND. The tour then makes its way through Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware and Maine. Highway2HealthCare.org, the campaign website, allows visitors to get tour stop information and post a sign in support of reform on a Google map.
AFSCME released the tour kick off video today, which features a diverse array of Americans singing about the need for health care reform. The video concludes that health care reform is “music to our ears” and urges viewers to contact their members of Congress to demand real reform. The video, which serves as a stark contrast to the negative and divisive tone of reform opponents, can be viewed here.